Category Archives: Travel writing

Article for PAXnewsWest.com: Visit Mesa showcases foodie tourism, active travel

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Visit Mesa spoke to travel media and members of the travel trade yesterday to showcase a new tourism initiative from Arizona’s third-largest city and the surrounding towns of Queen Creek and Gilbert. The Routes to Roots Fresh Foodie Trail guides visitors through the Eastern Valley Region’s orchards, farms and farmers’ markets…

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Article for PAXnewsWest.com: NCL Fall Event Series sails into Vancouver

Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) welcomed 70 agents to its 2015 Fall Event Series stop in Vancouver last night for a training session that highlighted the brand’s unique offerings and showcased the line’s newest ships.

Dana Gain, NCL’s national director, sales – Canada, started the evening off by announcing that Norwegian now has the largest sales force of any cruise line in Canada…

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Article for PAXnewsWest.com: Destination Hotels rebrand creates stronger identity

Destination Hotels, the largest operator of independent hotels in the United States, has unveiled a rebrand that includes a new name (formerly Destination Hotels and Resorts), programs, partnerships and a more unified visual identity. PAXnewsWest.com sat down with Carrie Drost, Destination’s director of public relations, to find out what the rebranding effort means for travel professionals and their clients…

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Article for PAXnewsWest.com: Exploring the sights and flavours of Fairmont Pacific Rim

The five-year-old Fairmont Pacific Rim hotel in Vancouver has thriving arts and food and beverage programs. The hotel’s growing collection of artworks is the focus of a newly released self-guided art podcast tour. In the kitchens, newly appointed executive chef Nathan Brown is showcasing local Vancouver ingredients with a focus on sustainable ingredients and cooking from scratch. PAXnewsWest.com sat down at the hotel’s ORU restaurant with Kaylyn Storey, public relations manager, to learn more about the latest developments in the hotel’s efforts to highlight the visual and culinary arts…

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Article for PAXnewsWest.com: Boomerang & Exotik showcase new website, itineraries

Boomerang and Exotik Tours invited travel agents to the TravelBrands offices in Vancouver yesterday to announce new technology improvements that will change the way agents quote and book travel through the companies as of Sept. 7. These backend changes will enhance the functionality of the revamped website launched in May, which brought the Exotik and Boomerang product offerings together on one site…

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Article for PAXnewsWest.com: Context brings ‘deep travel’ to Vancouver & Montreal

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Context Travel, named one of the top European tour companies by Travel + Leisure magazine, launched its first Canadian tours in Vancouver and Montreal in May. This week, PAXnewsWest.com joined expansion manager Lily Heise and Vancouver wine docent Louise-Marie Lessard for a trial run of the new Vancouver-based tour Wines of B.C., a Tasting Journey of the Province, with stops at The Wine Bar in Yaletown and Beach Bay Café in the West End…

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Article for PAXnewsWest.com: Choose Chicago zeros-in on Western Canada’s untapped potential

Representatives of Choose Chicago wrapped up four days in Vancouver on Thursday with local travel agents during a sunny soiree on the patio of the Shangri-La Hotel.

“There’s great interest in Chicago,” Cathy Domanico, Choose Chicago’s vice-president of tourism and leisure sales, told PAXnewsWest.com. “Chicago is a new product offering for Western Canada, which provides a good opportunity for travel professionals…”

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Article for PAXnewsWest.com: Arizona for millennials: W Scottsdale and the Scottsdale Entertainment District

The booming entertainment district in Scottsdale, Arizona is growing fast. Nine new restaurants and bars have opened in the last two years, giving the area the highest concentration of bars and lounges in downtown Scottsdale. The 230-room W Scottsdale hotel is located in a prime position for visitors looking to experience the area’s nightlife, including three lounges within the hotel. PAXnewsWest.com sat down with Rich Gonzalez, the hotel’s director of sales and marketing, to learn about the latest developments in the entertainment district, and what guests should know about this 230-room Starwood property…

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